The NRL has come under fire for giving away tickets to Friday night’s preliminary final between the Penrith Panthers and Melbourne Storm days after passionate fans of the two clubs paid up to secure their seats.
Rugby league fans took to social media in droves to share their frustration after paying full price to secure their place at the grand final qualifier, only to see multiple giveaway offers from the NRL pop up in the following days.
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It is understood the NRL was forced into the desperate ticket giveaway as sales early in the week were tracking towards a crowd of 30,000 at the 80,000-capacity Accor Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park.
Meanwhile the Broncos-Warriors preliminary final at the 52,000-capacity Suncorp Stadium…